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A big day in Washington for Western New York’s newest member of Congress.
Kathy Hochul, fresh from her stunning special election victory, has been named to the House Homeland Security Committee.
Hochul had been the Erie County Clerk and dealt extensively with passports and enhanced driver’s licenses for Canadian border crossing.
Hochul also spent 15-minutes in a private meeting with President Obama on just her second day on the job.
Some lawmakers wait years for a private meeting with the president.
The Buffalo News reports that the president watched the special election returns with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

New Yorkers are giving Governor Andrew Cuomo's property tax cap plan the thumbs up.  A Quinnipiac University poll out today finds 60-percent of voters support the two-percent property tax cap plan. Meantime, support for legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry is at 58 percent, an all-time high.

Pembroke Intermediate School has won $50,000 from Pepsi Cola. 
Pembroke becomes the third public school in Genesee County to win the national competitive grant.
The school will now build a playground with the money.
Read our entire story and the status of the previous two local winners, HERE:
 

From the local police blotter:
28-year-old Marcos Torres of Jackson Street, Batavia:
During a traffic stop, deputies say they found Torres was driving with a suspended license and was allegedly in possession of a small amount of pot. Torres was hauled off to jail in lieu of $800 bail.

22-year-old Shawn McGiveron of Back Street, Pembroke:
He’s been jailed following a domestic incident. Deputies say he attempted to choke his girlfriend and then pushed her to the ground.
McGiveron is being held in lieu of 200-dollars bail.

The man convicted of the deadly City Grill shootings in Buffalo will spend the rest of his life in prison. 
Riccardo McCray has been sentenced to life without parole for killing four people and wounding four others outside the downtown Buffalo last August.

Stealing man's best friend could soon lead to a few years behind bars.
State lawmakers in Albany are discussing a bill that would make it a felony to steal a family dog or cat, punishable by up to four years in prison. 
Republican State Senator Carl Marcellino says the bill is in response to a recent string of dog-nappings in his district.  He says pets are family members, and should be protected like anyone else.

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